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Current May/June 2013 NAMI SCC Newsletter


May/June 2013 NAMI SCC Newsletter
March/April 2013 NAMI SCC Newsletter
January/February 2013 NAMI SCC Newsletter
November/December 2012 NAMI SCC Newsletter

Two New NAMI Santa Cruz Country Websites

NAMI Santa Cruz County Parents of Youth
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Upcoming Events

General Membership and Speaker Meeting:

CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS: Addictions and Mental Health Issues

Date: Wednesday May 15, 2013
Time: 6:30pm Social Networking, 7:00pm Presentations, Q&A
Location: Live Oak Senior Center, 1777 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz

Please join NAMI for an evening of discussion, support & refreshments!

This is your opportunity to hear about topics such as:
Local treatment resources for co-occuring disorders, current information on treatments, the psychology of addictions, advances in psycho-pharmacology for addictions.

How does treatment work? What about methadone?
What are the challenges of recovery? Why are people resistant to recovery?
What are the bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects?
How do I maintain a relationship while setting limits?
What's my role when someone doesn't want to deal with their addictions?
How do I walk that line between enabling or drawing that line that could make things worse?

Our panel includes:
Bill Manov, PhD, Chief of Santa Cruz County Alcohol and Drug Programs
for 25 years. Certified Drug Counselor, with Doctorate in clinical psychology. Past experience includes work in LA in children's day treatment mental health clinic, & residential treatment for individuals living with mental illness.

Cecilia Krebs, RN, Community Clinic Program Director of Janus of Santa Cruz
which includes Detox, Residential, Outpatient, Relapse Preventions, and Medication Assistance treatment programs. Cecilia is a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse with 20 years experience working in chemical dependency and expertise in treatment of opiate addictions. She was inspired to become a psychiatric nurse by her brother's schizophrenia.

Eli Chance MSW, Coordinator of the Avenues Program, Community Connections, Santa Cruz County Mental Health
. For over 10 years Eli has worked with youth, families and adults throughout Santa Cruz County. The last five years he has worked extensively with adults with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders

Spring Classes

NAMI Peer to Peer Class
Peer to Peer is an unique, experiential learning program for people with any serious mental illness who are interested in establishing and maintaining their wellness and recovery. The course consists of 10 two-hour units and is taught by a team of two trained “Mentors” who are personally experienced at living well with mental illness.

Each Class contains a combination of lecture and interactive exercise material and closes with Mindfulness Practice. Classes build on
each other, therefore attendance each week is required.

Class Starts Thursday, May 30th
from 3:30-5:30pm and continues every Thursday for 10 weeks.
Location: MHCAN 1051 Cayuga Street, Santa Cruz
Registration is required. Contact Loren at or leave message at 427-8020

Fall Classes Now Forming

Family to Family Classes
This excellent 12 week educational program helps families and friends to understand and help their loved ones.
Contact NAMI Santa Cruz (831) 427-8020 to get on the waiting list.

NAMI Basics Class
NAMI BASICS is a program that is intended for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents age 17 and under with mental illness. Call 427-8020 to reserve your spot for the next class.

NAMI Provider Education Series
This important course is relevant to all professionals who serve individuals with serious mental illness and/or their families. The series will give you a working understanding of the bio-psycho-social model of collaborative treatment, insight into the lived experience of mental illness, understanding of adaptation to diagnosis, medication and treatment, and an appreciation of the positive outcomes of team collaboration where people struggling with mental illness, family members and professionals work together. The format is innovative, interactive and dynamic, presented by a team of consumers, family members and Ellen Adams, LMFT.

The course is offered at no cost and meets the requirements for 15 Continuing Education Units for LMFTs, LCSWs, as required by California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Alicia Najera, LCSW, Provider #1109

To reserve your spot for the next class contact: Carol Williamson, NAMI SCC,, 229-2675

My Brother Mike DVD Available

My Brother Mike is a documentary about family, music, and mental illness. For more information about the DVD and Soundtrack, visit

First-time filmmaker and NAMI Santa Cruz member Lisa Sheridan has created a truly compelling story of her talented brother Mike's struggles with Bipolar Disorder. Mike is an amazing pianist, songwriter, and lovable guy, and his lyrics give us insight into his world. – Carol Williamson, President, NAMI-SCC

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Related Files

NAMI SCC Newsletter for October, 2010 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for December, 2010 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for January, 2011 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for March, 2011 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for May, 2011 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for September, 2011 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for November, 2011 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for January, 2012 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for March, 2012 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for June, 2012 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for July, 2012 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for September, 2012 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for November, 2012 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for January, 2013 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for March, 2013 (PDF File)
NAMI SCC Newsletter for May/June, 2013 (PDF File)

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